Peace Corps
4.3 of 5 351 reviews
www.peacecorps.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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4.3 351 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(87 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Confused... but I still learned a lot from the experience as a volunteer.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearning the spoken language
    Culture Training
    Great support from staff and fellow volunteers. Very caring, understanding, and compassionate
    You will learn a lot about yourself and the world

    ConsLoneliness and Isolation
    Culture Shock and homesickness
    Bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslocals,food,culture,dancing,scenery is great to look at

    Consstaff can be distant from us

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    As a Volunteer, it was an ideal fit for me.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearn a new language, travel, challenge yourself in ways that are truly unique and gain experience for International Development.

    ConsDoing bureaucratic reports about your work, following hardline rules for safety/security, the stresses of living far away perhaps in an isolated place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on making a tighter fit between a potential Volunteer's skills and their placement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hardest job you will ever love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience, working abroad, community-level work

    ConsApplication process, bureaucracy, too rigid at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    English Teacher, West Africa

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood medical coverage, flexible schedule. You get to live in an interesting environment with more responsibility than you will find elsewhere right out of college. If you buck the administration, you can accomplish really great and meaningful things. You have to be in it for the impact though, because the pay is third-world-chic. It is probably the adventure of a lifetime, for better and worse.

    ConsNo nights, weekends, or holidays. Inflexible and patronizing management. Poor living conditions. Top management wants to treat you like a drone that accepts orders and obeys their checklists regardless of conditions on the ground or the needs of your partner organization. It takes courage and going directly against the wishes of management in order to accomplish the goals of the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't micromanage. Let people on the ground take the lead, and support their actions, rather than treating them like puppets or slaves.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Technical Trainer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe company offers great training and staff development opportunities. The ideology of the organization makes it a meaningful experience.

    ConsMay be required to deliver work that exceed work hours, Compensation only in Comp time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for more upward mobility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best job of my life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork with little supervision on projects you develop closely with community contacts while learning a new language

    ConsYou don't get paid much, and there's always the chance you'll get sent somewhere that you just don't like.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the hiring process competitive. You need people who are willing to go anywhere and work hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mental Health

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat team of very intelligent, fun, dedicated employes

    ConsThe pay is too low.

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    Great experience, needs better infrastructure

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are lucky enough to be accepted into the Peace Corps you'll have the opportunity to travel the world, develop language and communication skills, own your own projects, be a leader and most likely have a great time!

    ConsI think most can imagine the cons of working in a developing country for 2 years... My overall criticism of the program, or the country program I was in was that the infrastructure was bad. Sometimes I was left on my own for months at a time with little support. The staff was unprofessional and the training sometimes lacked integrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire qualified local staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A build-your-own approach to development-- [What you get back] = [What you put in] x [Luck]

    Teacher and Youth Advocate (Former Employee)

    ProsInfinite possibilities for realistic, genuinely helpful, skill-building projects
    Free, (pre/un)justified credibility with the host country nationals
    Automatic savings provided you don't blow more than $6,000 on vacations
    Actual development experience and professional mentors/contacts
    A foot in the door for future international or development work
    Maybe genuinely doing a good thing (maybe)
    Real cross-cultural and foreign language experience

    ConsAimless if you don't take initiative to invent projects
    Possible feelings of inadequacy if you aren't busy
    Detachment from home and past life
    A blow to your health
    Cultural/language frustrations
    Totally useless and/or greedy counterparts

    ^many of these can be reduced with earnest efforts to be a good volunteer

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheck in on your volunteers more often (maybe with formal phone interviews to catch up on their work and get a general health/wellness report). It would give further motivation to be doing a project (which would give more job satisfaction to the volunteer) and it could help solve cultural, logistical or even political problems that the volunteer might not know are solvable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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